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Employers of Arizona National Guard and Reserve Members Honored for Support


TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced several Arizona employers to be honored in recognition of extraordinary support of their employees who serve in the Arizona National Guard and Reserve.

These employers will receive their awards at the Arizona Committee for ESGR Annual Awards Luncheon to be held at Monti’s La Casa Vieja restaurant, in Tempe, Ariz., May 14, 2009 at 11 a.m.

ESGR and military officials will present public and private sector employers with Pro-Patria, Above and Beyond, and Seven Seals Awards. Additionally, the Honorable Ken Bennett, Secretary of State for Arizona will be giving the keynote address.

According to Scott Essex, ESGR Arizona Chair, “These awards were created by ESGR to publicly recognize American Employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the patriots before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.  Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”

These employers join with thousands of American Employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act Law (USERRA).  “Many employers provide “Above and Beyond” support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized,” added Essex.

As the 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of America’s new patriots.  ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.  More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at, or by calling Butch Wise at 602-323-4183.

Sonora Quest Laboratories Above and Beyond
McKesson Distribution Above and Beyond
MD Helicopters Above and Beyond
RSP Architects Above and Beyond
Shepherd Security Above and Beyond
Claim Jumper Restaurants Above and Beyond
Embassy Suites Biltmore Phoenix Above and Beyond
Chinle Unified School District # 24 Above and Beyond
City of Chandler Above and Beyond
City of Scottsdale Police Dept Above and Beyond
Glendale Elementary School District # 40 Above and Beyond
United States Postal Service Above and Beyond
An Elegant Smile Dentistry Above and Beyond
Nolin Fire Sprinklers Inc. Above and Beyond
Arizona Dept of Veteran Services Above and Beyond
Cox Communications Seven Seals
City of Peoria Seven Seals
General Dynamics C-4 Systems Seven Seals
USAA Seven Seals
TriWest Healthcare Alliance Seven Seals
University of Phoenix Seven Seals
Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Seven Seals
Honeywell International Pro Patria
Verde Fire Protection Pro Patria